For game day or the big feast, this is sweet potatoes like none other!
My favorite category of appetizers involves dishes that are their own plates. Anything you can carry around without too much fuss – but is also delicious – is high on my list of foods to make not just for the holidays, but for any gathering.
These little smashed sweet potatoes are a fun holiday twist on a classic loaded baked potato. By smashing them, you can maximize their crispy edges and also make a "plate" for all the toppings you can handle!
To make these work, try to find a few sweet potatoes that are long, but not necessarily fat. Then chop off the ends and cut them into fourths. They each should be at least one inch wide.
Add these to a well-oiled baking sheet and turn them over a few times to coat with oil. Then season them with salt and pepper.
Bake these guys at 350ºF for 25-30 minutes until they are fork tender.
Meanwhile, you can prep all your toppings. Sour cream (or Greek yogurt) to start, then shredded cheddar cheese, fresh chives and crispy bacon. Basically everything you would put on a good baked potato.
When the potatoes are baked and tender, you might be inclined to bust out a mallet and smack the heck out of each one. Don’t do that. You’ll have sweet potato on the walls!
Instead, grab a small plate and just lightly press down on each round. This will keep them together and smash them just enough.
Place the smashed potatoes back on the baking sheet, and bake them for a second time at 350ºF for about 10 minutes (until they start to crisp up a bit).
Then you can top them and serve them up!
Party Tip: You could bake a bunch of these and then have a little bar where people could top their own potatoes. These are fun and look elegant enough to serve to a holiday crowd, as well as game day fans. Some would say they are a smashing success.
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